HDESD Seeking to Fill Elected Board Positions

High Desert Education Service District is seeking to fill two board positions, one representing the Bend-La Pine and one the Redmond School Districts.  Complete applications are due by Friday, May 10 at 4:00 pm.  Candidates may pick up an application at the High Desert ESD office or at www.hdesd.org.  The Bend and Redmond school boards will vote to elect their ESD board member by May 30, 2019, from the applications received.  The newly elected board members will take office July 1, 2019.  Both positions are based on School District residency.  Applications must be received by Superintendent Paul Andrews, 2804 SW Sixth Street, Redmond, OR 97756.  Questions may be directed to the High Desert ESD Superintendent’s office at 541.693.5608.

Application can be found here

2019 Bend Chamber Community Hero -- Anna Higgins

Congratulations to Anna Higgins on receiving the Bend Chamber Community Hero award. This award acknowledges women who are making outstanding contributions to their community. Community Heroes demonstrate how people with passion and determination can use their lives to make a difference in the community.  Anna is HDESDs Director of Innovation. This photo is fitting of Anna’s passion…working and pitching ideas on improving education.

Photo: Anna, center, is photographed with district leaders

For more information on this award and others, visit www.bendchamber.org

Autism Awareness Day - April 2, 2019

On April 2, the world will turn blue in honor of World Autism Awareness Day.

It’s all part of Light it Up Blue, a campaign spearheaded by the autism community that aims to foster understanding and acceptance for those with autism. Supporters are encouraged to wear blue clothing and post to social media using the hashtag #LightItUpBlue to raise awareness.

In addition, landmarks around the world will turn blue in support of the cause. Niagara Falls, the United Nations, the Empire State Building, the White House and state government buildings are just a few of the landmarks to glow blue on April 2 in years past.

On World Autism Awareness Day and throughout April, which is Autism Awareness Month, local organizations hold a variety of events and educational activities to help the public learn more about autism spectrum disorder, which impacts 1 percent of the world population.

10th Annual Central Oregon PBIS Conference

The High Desert Education Service District is proud to announce it is hosting the 10th Annual Central Oregon PBIS Conference. The conference will take place on Monday, April 22, 2019 at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center in Bend, Oregon.

The goal of the Central Oregon PBIS Conference is to provide schools and districts evidence-based tools and strategies in order to implement all aspects of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). MTSS has been shown to improve overall school climate, maximize academic achievement and address the specific needs of all students in early intervention through high school.

The conference offers sessions in school-wide PBIS, academic interventions, successful interventions for students with challenging behaviors, and effective data-based decision making.

Registration is open…sign up today!




Smiles and Snow

On Wednesday February 13th, the HDESD Vision Team partnered with Oregon Adaptive Sports for an exciting snow filled skiing/snowboarding day for our students. We all got to experience more than our typical vision loss due to the white out conditions! We had some thrilling firsts – first time snowboarding, and first time up a lift! Another student really enjoyed a full day of sit skiing. Students were asking what our next vision adventure will be and hoping it was soon!

Central Oregon Welcomes Dr. Ross Greene

A one day training event for educators, social workers, medical professions, and parents will take place on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Tetherow Resort and Conference Center in Bend.  The topic of this presentation is Moving from Power and Control to Collaboration and Problem-Solving.

Dr. Greene is an American clinical child psychologist and author of: The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. Dr. Greene developed the model of intervention called “Collaborative and Proactive Solutions” and has been featured in popular media including The Oprah Show, Dateline NBC, the CBS Morning Show, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, Mother Jones magazine, and The Atlantic.

This training will also include the showing of Dr. Greene’s newly released award-winning documentary film, The Kids We Lose

To register:  http://www.hdesd.org/ross-greene


Making Math more Meaningful

During one of their monthly Math in Real Life (MIRL) meetings, local math, science and career and technical education (CTE) teachers became students for the day and were taught how to read blueprints and construct a model shed out of balsa wood. This day also provided teachers with an opportunity to think about how they can use new technology ideas, such as SAM labs, in their classrooms to increase student interest and make math more meaningful. SAM lab kits are wireless electronic blocks that have lights, motors and, buzzers. With an app, students can code the behaviors of the blocks.



What is the High Desert Education Service District?

HDESD is a publicly-funded agency that partners with local school districts to provide high-quality, cost-effective and locally responsive education services at a regional level. These services range from business, legal, and administrative support to school improvement efforts and special education programs.

What types of services do we provide?

Services for Children with Special Needs

We partner with local school districts to provide services to families and students who are at risk or have special educational needs.

School Improvement Services

We provide consultation, on-site and regional professional development, consortia, grant projects, and student programs.

Administrative Services

We support business, administrative and operational functions for HDESD and partner school districts. Other services are also available to support home and alternative learning.

Information Services

We offer a wide range of information technology and instructional support services to both HDESD and school district staff.

Public Notice: Budget Committee Meeting

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the High Desert Education Service District, Deschutes County, State of Oregon, will be held at 2804 SW Sixth Street, Redmond, Oregon. The meeting will take place on the 16th day of April, 2018 at 5:30 P.M.  The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message.  A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after April 18th at 2804 SW Sixth Street, Redmond, Oregon  97756 between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.  This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place.  Any person may appear at this meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. A copy of this notice can be found at www.hdesd.org

The Promise of Oregon banner with student photos

Students are Oregon’s greatest natural resource, and we must invest in their education. High Desert ESD is keeping the Promise of Oregon. To learn more, visit: promiseoregon.org

The Oregon School Boards Association, a member services organization based in Salem, founded “The Promise of Oregon” campaign in 2014 to focus attention on the accomplishments of Oregon’s kindergarten-14 students and the need to adequately fund public education.

Safe Oregon logo

SafeOregon is a program created for Oregon students, parents, school staff, community members and law enforcement officers to report and respond to student safety threats.

Call or Text: 844-472-3367

Our Vision

Be a state leader in providing quality services to schools, children and families

Our Mission

Improve student outcomes with Excellence, Equity and Efficiency

Our Motto

Together, Engaging Students to Succeed

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Our Central Oregon School District Partners

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Additional Partners

We also partner with:

  • Jefferson County 509J School District
  • Black Butte School District
  • Culver School District
  • North Central Counties School District
  • Harney Education Service District
  • Jefferson Education Service District
  • Grant Education Service District
  • Lake Education Service District
  • Southern Oregon Education Service District
  • Umatilla/Morrow Education Service District